This blog is a space for us – and you – to comment on the news, share opinions and debate local government issues. You can comment on any of the posts below; if you would like to contribute a new post contact Jane Sankarayya.

Technology, wires, digital, social media

Viewpoint: Notwestminster 2016 – be part of a journey to redesign local democracy

November 24, 2015 by LGiU

We’re on the hunt for lovers of local democracy everywhere, writes Spencer Wilson of Kirklees Council and #Notwestminster – local government officers, councillors, local activists, voters, the disenfranchised, data geeks and innovators… anyone who wants to change the face of local democracy. Know anyone who fits the bill? Then spread…


Viewpoint: A bench mark for communities

November 18, 2015 by LGiU

We all know that it is often the small things that can make a difference. A new report from the Young Foundation suggests that the humble public bench can make a surprising difference to communities, as Radhika Bynon explains.



November 16, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

In June LGiU spent the week in Paris: we took part in a conference as part of our RAINGAIN project, we held some meetings and we ran an event comparing the debate around devolution and local democracy on both sides of the Channel, writes LGiU Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West.


Switched on councils: Show us your lights

November 13, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

It’s almost that time of year again, when the festive lights are #switchedon around the country. We want to capture these glittering moments of civic pride in photo and short video. We’ll be choosing nominees based on the following categories and LGiU members will pick the winners. Best local link –…


Resilience in Practice

November 5, 2015 by Andrew Walker

Resilience has become a widely used concept in policy circles, particularly in terms of flood response, climate change adaptation and community cohesion. But there are many interpretations and the term is used in different ways, by different organisations, in different contexts. Our new policy report, Resilience in practice, looks at some…


Viewpoint: The Housing Bill and the importance of small beer

November 3, 2015 by LGiU

There is much in the new Housing Bill that will garner a lot of attention and heated discussion. Andrew Dixon, Policy Advisor at the Federation of Master Builders, looks past the headline grabbing measures at what is proposed for planning.

Blood pressure monitor, health care, hospital, hospice



October 21, 2015 by LGiU

Planning, as councillors know, is a democratic tool in the otherwise messy business of shaping the future and sharing scarce resources. But, writes Kate Henderson, planning must change so it is genuinely focused on people’s needs.


Improving care through failure

October 20, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

The Japanese art of kintsugi turns brokenness into beauty. The method of repair, using golden seams to rejoin shards, draws the eye to the what was once a point of failure and is now a more beautiful whole.  Having spent the past several months deeply imbedded in the issues around…

Tube, abstract, project, construction, progress

Viewpoint: Informing the reform process

October 16, 2015 by LGiU

The announcements and reforms are coming thick and fast from central government, Tom Lawrence takes a look at the landscape. There are many common phrases to describe how things change or how they stay the same. “Evolution not revolution”, “May you live in interesting times” and “Plus ça change, plus c’est…

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